Mar 10 28
Yesterday Sarah, Sally, Sheila, Sabiene and Anna went to Newcastle to see Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.
Readers who have not yet seen this simply must do so ASAP; it is in my top three theatrical productions of all time, and definitely the best ballet I have seen.
OK, ballet may not sound like a sterling adventure, but all the above except Sheila have done their share of ice climbing etc., and believe me it gets the adrenaline going as much as a stiff climb and definitely wrings out as much emotion as a tough uphill ski day can! Take some Kleenex.
For those of you sufficiently interested to read on here is my brief review:
Generally a traditionalist, I would be the first to say that departing from tradition by having men in the corps de ballet is a complete success and imparted a definite energy to the production which was maintained throughout. The night club and street scenes are among those that would have Tchaikovsky puzzled , but they work extremely well. There are a lot of laughs to be enjoyed.
Dominic North danced the Prince with a touching vulnerability and Richard Winser as the Swan contrived to be dangerously sexy. The pas de deux between these two were hugely emotional and without a trace of camp.
I should add that as the Stranger, Richard Winser in his leather trousers had us girls all on the edge of our seats in a more traditional fashion.
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